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62 a-e-mag.com • A&E MARCH 2016 CORELDRAW FROM A TO E Lens tool is a vector map in which you want certain areas to be enlarged so that viewers can study details close up. Here's how that would work. Start with a map file that you've either created or downloaded that's in a vector format. The exploded view would be con- tained within a rectangle, square, circle, etc., or even an irregular shape. This closed vector shape becomes the lens through which the desired effect will take place. Open the Lens docker and study the docker window. At the top is a window showing what the effect will look like when applied. Below that is a drop-down window containing a list of lens effects. In Corel X5 there are 11 effects. One of those is the Magnify effect. Below that will be two to three check boxes—Frozen, Viewpoint, Remove Face—followed by an Apply button and a Lock button. In between the effects list and the check boxes will be various options depending on the nature of the particular lens being used. It's a pretty basic toolbox, but here's how it works for the Magnify lens. [fig 1] Using the vector map as an example, create a square that is smaller than the size of your map and place it somewhere on top of your map. If you don't have a map file and can't create a simple one, create a large rectangle with no fill and place a couple of smaller rectangles inside. This serves as your map. I suggest in the beginning keeping the Lock button unlocked, since that will force you to click the Apply button after altering any of the settings in order to see the results. I think this helps you better understand exactly how the effects are controlled and applied. When that icon is in the locked position, the changes will appear automati- cally as they are made, which is great once you are familiar with these tools, but can be confusing in the beginning. With the square (your new lens window) selected, choose Magnify from the drop down menu near the top of the dialogue box and underneath that, note that the Amount box will read 1x, meaning that there will be no magnifica- tion. Check that by clicking Apply. What- ever is behind the square will now fill the square at the same size as what is behind it. Change the Amount setting to 2x and click Apply. What is behind the square will now fill the window except now it will be twice the size of what is behind the window, and because of the size change, less of it will show inside. There are two check boxes below the Amount setting, one named Frozen and the other Viewpoint. Put a check next to Frozen. This will capture whatever magni- fication is inside the square. You will then be able to move that square off the map and the magnification will come with it, leaving the original map undisturbed. In fact, the magnification inside the square has become a separate vector graphic that can be manipulated like any other vector image. [fig 2] Figure 3a Figure 3b Figure 3c Figure 4 Figure 5

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